‘Real World D.C.’ kicks off
We’ve heard 23 groups of young adults announce “This is the story of eight strangers…” With that many seasons, how can a show like “The Real World” remain entertaining and worth watching? By staying original and sticking to a simple, but proven, formula: Throw eight people that come from different parts of the country and backgrounds into an awesomely decked out house and see what happens. If the first episode of “Real World D.C.” is any indication, this could be a really good season.
I’ve only once religiously watched “The Real World.” Two seasons ago, when the show took on Brooklyn, I was hooked. The group was dynamic and interesting without being over-the-top in the drama department. Well, maybe when JD smashed the glass table… Hmm.
So far, after watching the first episode of the D.C. version, it seems like things might play out the same way. Already I’m intrigued by the cast. From Colorado to Philadelphia (represent!), the group is from all over the country. Here are a few of the more interesting backgrounds and tidbits:
- Andrew: Is he a virgin or isn’t he? This boy is a bit awkward, a bit funny and a bit of a liar. I get the impression that gullible is written on the ceiling whenever Andrew is around. Oh, and did I mention that he sleeps with a polar bear? Are we all going to be rooting for Andrew to get some action, or will his antics make him more of a pain?
- Mike: In this first episode, Mike nonchalantly recounts to the group how many times he’s had sex: “I’ve had sex with like 15 girls, and five guys.” Wait, wha? This boy shrugs off his bisexuality as just one part of him, which is admirable, but I don’t think it’s going to be that simple later in the season when roommates’ feelings are involved.
- Erika: This girl can sing. I’m excited to see how her talent manifests itself throughout the season.
- Callie: Small-town girl goes to the big city. Will she go crazy?
- Ty: Atheist (see next paragraph). If he’s as opinionated about everything as he is about his religious beliefs, I have a feeling a lot of debating is going to happen this season.
Besides settling into their new digs, which are pretty awesome, this inaugural episode already saw a small tiff over religion. I’m not sure if the episode spotlighted everyone’s different religious backgrounds to set the stage for the tiff, but everyone has different beliefs and opinions. Ty, an atheist, felt the need to impose his non-belief onto the believers in the group. Mike and Ashley immediately butted heads with him over this. I have a feeling we haven’t seen the end of this debate.
One interesting aspect that I just realized was that I didn’t see one drink being made or drank. Has “The Real World” started attending alcoholics anonymous? I don’t see how some of the usual drama of the show can occur without libations flowing, but the group didn’t immediately pour a drink when they settled in. This will be something worth taking note of throughout the season.
Finally, I was pleased to discover that MTV is showing the first episode on demand on their web site. Hopefully that remains true for the rest of the season since one would expect the ever-trendy MTV to stay on top of social media. And the greater thing about the episode being posted online is that I can embed it here for you to watch!Vodpod videos no longer available.
What did you all think of the first episode? Is this going to be a good season or a flop? Share your comments below.